dwell

verb
\ ˈdwel How to pronounce dwell (audio) \
dwelled\ ˈdweld How to pronounce dwell (audio) , ˈdwelt \ or dwelt\ ˈdwelt How to pronounce dwell (audio) \; dwelling

Definition of dwell

intransitive verb

1 : to remain for a time dwell in the hallway
2a : to live as a resident the town in which he dwelled for eight years the dwelling place of the gods
b : exist, lie where the heart of the matter dwells
3a : to keep the attention directed used with on or upon tried not to dwell on my fears
b : to speak or write insistently used with on or upon reporters dwelling on the recent scandal

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Other Words from dwell

dweller \ ˈdwe-​lər How to pronounce dwell (audio) \ noun

Examples of dwell in a Sentence

a cave where bats dwell dwelling with a farm family as an exchange student in France
Recent Examples on the Web But there wasn’t much time to dwell on these mixed emotions, because there was work to be done: pumping up our raft, setting up our sleeping and cooking tents, and repacking our bags (again) to distribute weight more equally between the rafts. Chris Santella, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 But there wasn’t much time to dwell on these mixed emotions, because there was work to be done: pumping up our raft, setting up our sleeping and cooking tents, and repacking our bags (again) to distribute weight more equally between the rafts. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 Louisville didn't have much time to dwell on its Monday season-opening loss to Ole Miss with Eastern Kentucky on the schedule just five days later. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 10 Sep. 2021 George, meanwhile, returned to school, his parents refusing to dwell on the trauma. oregonlive, 24 Sep. 2021 But thankfully, Tom is reminding them not to dwell on the past with his signature sense of humor. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 13 Sep. 2021 Mexico’s help in rescuing U.S. allies cuts against the usual image of the country in America’s divisive immigration politics, but Mr. Ebrard declined to dwell on the irony. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 But Stause isn't one to dwell on this sort of mishap. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, 29 June 2021 The framing allows the author to dwell on the retrograde attitudes of the past. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of dwell

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dwell

Middle English, from Old English dwellan to go astray, hinder; akin to Old High German twellen to tarry

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The first known use of dwell was in the 13th century

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12 Oct 2021

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“Dwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwell. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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dwell

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dwell

: to live in a particular place

dwell

verb
\ ˈdwel How to pronounce dwell (audio) \
dwelt\ ˈdwelt \ or dwelled\ ˈdweld \; dwelling

Kids Definition of dwell

1 : to live in a place : reside
2 : to keep the attention directed Try not to dwell on your mistakes.

Other Words from dwell

dweller noun cave dwellers

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